Elle Grevstad

Part-time MBA student relaxes in area in business school
University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin School of Business
Graduation Year: 2021
Current Job: Commercial Effectiveness Liaison–Medical Affairs, Exact Sciences

I became intensely interested in business when I was the director of a shared resource facility that was reliant on revenue from academic customers. I chose to invest in an MBA to boost my business acumen to move my career forward. The Wisconsin MBA helped me earn a new position with Exact Sciences.

Wisconsin’s in-person, part-time option was best for me. The program structure, which includes peer interactions that enhance learning and promote accountability, helps keep me focused. As a class, we learn how to function as a team, leverage our strengths, and support each other through the class content. The diversity of perspectives and backgrounds makes for interesting and deep discussions. All of these benefits have really reinforced that I made the right decision to choose this program. And, best of all, the Wisconsin MBA allows me to keep working full time.

The career services team helped me understand what I wanted out of my next career role. They helped me focus in on my core values and align my academic skill set with industry requirements. They also provided resources to translate my academic curriculum vitae into a résumé and prepare to interview effectively. While in the program I moved on from my previous job and am working in medical affairs as a commercial effectiveness liaison, a role that bridges my scientific expertise with a mission-driven, customer-focused business strategy every day.

The career services team helped me focus in on my core values and align my academic skill set with industry requirements.

–Elle Grevstad (PhD ’11, MBA ’21)

I am learning business concepts that are immediately applicable to both my professional life and my personal life. I never experienced that in my undergraduate or PhD programs. I also value the diversity of classes and how well balanced they are each semester.

My favorite class in the program was Organizational Behavior. I learned so much about my leadership style and gained perspective on what motivates others. I regularly use the principles from Strategic Communication when I interact with my staff and teammates. I also got a lot from our accounting and finance classes. I had been intimidated by financial reports, but now I not only understand them but can apply the knowledge effectively.